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China plans to land on Mars by 2020

Apr 23, 2016

China plans to land on Mars by 2020


Work is proceeding quickly on China’s planned mission to land a rover on Mars by 2020, the chief administrator of the country’s ambitious space program said Friday. Formally announced in January, China’s Mars voyage will attempt to re-create the success of the U.S. Viking ...

Coral bleaching hits 93% of Australia's Great Barrier Reef

Apr 21, 2016

Coral bleaching hits 93% of Australia's Great Barrier Reef

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is suffering its worst coral bleaching in recorded history with 93 percent of the World Heritage site affected, scientists said Wednesday, as they revealed the phenomenon is also hitting the other side of the country. After extensive aerial and underwater ...

Apr 14, 2016

Human cloning with Chinese characteristics

China’s top geneticists say the country should set its own standards and regulations on human genome research, state-run media reported Wednesday, as ethical debate erupted over a Chinese study on modified human embryos. Researchers from Guangzhou Medical University said they used a gene-editing technique ...

Apr 12, 2016

China sounds alarm on groundwater pollution

More than 80 percent of China’s underground water drawn from shallow wells used by farms, factories and mostly rural households is unsafe for drinking because of pollution, a government report says. The Water Resources Ministry study posted on its website Tuesday analyzed samples drawn ...

Apr 5, 2016

Vietnam warns of dire impact from planned Mekong dams

Vietnam has predicted “very high adverse effects” on the Mekong River environment and economy if 11 proposed dams are built on its lower mainstream. The warning is the result of a 2½ year study submitted by Vietnam to the Mekong River Commission comprising Thailand, ...

Yen for animation inspired Hong Kong designer's robot

Apr 3, 2016

Yen for animation inspired Hong Kong designer's robot

Like innumerable children with imaginations fired by animated films, Hong Kong product and graphic designer Ricky Ma grew up watching cartoons featuring the adventures of robots, and dreamed of building his own one day. Unlike most of the others, however, Ma has realized his ...

Mar 23, 2016

China detains 37 people linked to illegal vaccines

Chinese police have detained 37 people linked to a vaccine scandal and are investigating three pharmaceutical companies, state news agency Xinhua reported on Wednesday. The case involves nearly $90 million worth of illegal vaccines against meningitis, rabies and other illnesses, which are suspected of ...

Mar 22, 2016

South Korea registers first case of Zika virus

South Korea on Tuesday reported the country’s first case of the Zika virus, a mosquito-borne disease that has been linked to birth defects and other health issues. A 43-year-old man who recently returned from Brazil was diagnosed with the virus after suffering fever, muscle ...